• West Virginia ‘Serpent-Handling’ Preacher Dies from Snake Bite

    June 1, 2012 9:43 pm 20 comments

    Pastor Mack Randall Wolford Dead at 44

    Rev. Billy Ray Sunday

    <chris†wire> Pastor Mack Randall Wolford, 44, of Bramwell, passed away on Monday, May 28, 2012 after being bitten by a rattlesnake during an outdoor church service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia. Wolford’s sister, Robin Vanover, told chris†wire affiliate ABC News that 30 minutes into the pastor’s rousing sermon, he passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him. Mack had been a pastor at the Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, W.Va.

    Born on May 26, 1968 in Pike County, Ky., and son of Vicie Hicks Haywood of Bluefield, W. Va. and the late Mack Ray Wolford, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Dawson Wolford, his mother Vicie Hicks Haywood of Bluefield, W. Va., his daughter, Latisha McClemore of Statesville, N.C.; three stepchildren, Eva Krueger of La Plata, Md., Glenn K.  Mitchell Jr. of Lake, W.Va., Brady Scott Mitchell of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers, Kevin Wolford of Bluefield, W.Va., Christopher Wolford of Paynesville, Ky.; three sisters, Lesha G. Mullins of Phelps, Ky., Robin Vanover of Bluefield, W.Va., Shauna Scott of Abingdon, Va.; and nine grandchildren.

    Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at The Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus Church in Matoaka, W.Va. at 11:00 a.m. where the Rev. Donald Dover of Rutherford, N.C. and the Rev. Roy Lee Christian will conduct the funeral service. Burial will follow the funeral service at Hicks Family Cemetery in Phelps, Ky. where friends and family will serve as pallbearers. Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Wolford family.

    We here at chris†wire extend our sincere condolences to Mack’s family and friends.

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    Rev. Billy Ray Rev. Billy Ray Sunday is 3rd generation preacher. He lives in Forkland, AL and is a journalist for chrisTwire.com.

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